I plan on adding resources – links, tutoring schedule, etc. I will also post a link for a parent survey from VDOE and a list of questions that I would like to discuss with you at least yearly so that the IEP is up to date and accurately reflects your child.
- School phone – 804-633-9886
- Home phone – 804-632-8988
- Sign up for Remind to get text messages. To sign up text the code to number 81010. If you or your student are on my caseload, the code is @48cg7.
- Caroline Parent Resource center – Great resource for all parents.
- Wrightslaw – Special education answers and information for professional, parent or student
- Ace-It in College – Program at VCU for students with intellectual disabilities, autism or TBI and graduated with an alternate diploma.
- AIM – VA – Free online books for students with IEPs in VA.
- Virginia Dyslexia Association – non-profit dedicated to studying and treating dyslexia
- disAbility Resource Center in Fredricksburg, VA – a Center for Independent Living (CIL) assists people with disabilities to achieve the highest potential and benefit of independent living.
- Germanna Community College offers many classes and workshops at the Caroline County Center.
- Sportable – Provides 12 different sports, year round, to people with physical and visual impairments. For more information, call Cat Anthony at 804-340-2991or visit their website at www.sportable.org
- Arc of Rappahannock – The Arc of Rappahannock provides families and self-advocates with the best information, resources, services and supports for the lifespan. Services and supports include Resource Navigation to access public and private resources, Medicaid Waiver Mentoring, Saturday Sitters, Adaptive Equipment and Recreation, Education and Respite Funding, Emergency Family Support and community education workshops for free. You may learn more about The Arc of Rappahannock on their website, Facebook or email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-370-0179.
- Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
- Community Services Board (CSB)
The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
- Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
- Department of Social Services (DSS)
and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
- Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
DARS can assist you with many things. They collaborate with schools in providing Transition Services. They offer Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, and they process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs.
- RVAspergers offers support and community both on-line and in person
Their online discussion support group for parents of children with Asperger’s (and related ASDs) and adults with Asperger’s is a place where you can ask questions and share information. At their monthly support group meetings, you can meet with other local adults, parents and children that are dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism (HFA) and PDD-NOS for support, discussion, education, parent advocacy and adult self-advocacy. (Note: AS adults, children ages 10 and up and parents with children of all ages attend our meetings.) This support group is designed to be a community of Asperger’s adults, and families with Asperger’s children that live in Richmond, Glen Allen, Ashland, and surrounding counties. Professionals do not attend meetings except as invited speakers. The discussion group is located athttp://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/richmondaspergersgroup/please sign up there for resources and conversation! They also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RVAspergers/
- Check out the Toolbox for Self-Determination from I’m Determined. This resource booklet helps students build self-determination skills.
- The Career Guide for Students with Disabilities focuses on pre & post graduation college-to-career strategies. Topics include: In-college career preparation strategies for post-graduate success; Common job-hunting challenges and actionable solutions; Proactive resources for a successful jump from college-to-career; An Etiquette Guide for Working with Students with Disabilities. Best Colleges.com has posted a huge page filled with info you and your child will need to know post high school.
- Looking for support and info? This group is great!
VA Hearing Journey is a local family networking group for families with children with hearing loss. All modes of communication are welcome! We will have our first meeting of the school year on Saturday, October 1st from 10am-noon at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. CLICK HERE to see their flyer
- Able accounts – More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future ABLEnow is building. ABLEnow accounts are a new way to help individuals with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses. For the first time ever, that means tax-advantaged savings, usually without endangering eligibility for the means-tested benefit programs critical to the health and well-being of many with disabilities. Contributions to an ABLE account can be made by anyone, from the account owner to family, friends and loved ones – helping more people play a part in creating a better quality of life.
- The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The DBSA website has a ton of very great resources. I especially love their wellness tracker app and their young adult podcast series.